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John L. Scott Real Estate is helping remove racist language in property deeds

GeekWire | Lisa Stiffler

If you live in a home built before the 1950s, there’s a chance that lurking in its property records is racist language.

For decades in the first half of the 20th century, developers, real estate companies and communities inserted covenants into property deeds and neighborhood association bylaws that forbid Black, Asian and Jewish residents from living in those homes.

Now the University of Washington, John L. Scott, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are working on efforts to discover and remove the restrictive covenants from records in Washington state — while also helping educate the public about past and present discrimination in housing.

Read more about how John L. Scott is committed to helping remove the racist covenants.

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